Iceland is a beautiful country. It's also covered in snow and pretty inhospitable for huge swaths of the year. Maybe that's why Iceland reads, writes, and buys more books than any other country in the world on a per-capita basis.
In their lifetimes, one in ten Icelanders will publish a book, and the average Icelander reads four books every year. Many people attribute this love of literature to Iceland's most famous export: The Sagas
The Icelandic Sagas are a group of tales and stories written in Old Norse that recount the oral history of the Icelandic people. Written around the turn of the first millennium, they mostly concern the travels and travails of the Vikings, Kings, and peoples of Iceland. To this day, the word "saga" means "story" in modern Icelandic.